The Best Spa Hotels to Book in Phoenix, Arizona

Let nature take over in the Valley of the Sun at a top spa in Phoenix
Let nature take over in the Valley of the Sun at a top spa in Phoenix | Courtesy of The Arizona Biltmore / Booking.com
Anna Laird Barto

What better place to renew your mind, body and spirit than the city named after the mythical bird that rose from the ashes? Built on the ruins of an ancient Hohokam city, Phoenix sprawls across a wide desert basin – known as the Valley of the Sun – encircled by craggy peaks. Find stillness in the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert, spiked with lush and prickly plant life seen nowhere else on Earth. These luxurious Phoenix spas combine desert botanicals and ancient healing practices to provide state-of-the-art stress relief. Book your favorite with Culture Trip.

1. The Phoenician, for impressive surroundings

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Large, verdant mountainside outdoor pool area at the Phoenician
Courtesy of The Phoenician / Booking.com
For possibly the best spa in Phoenix, try this ultimate desert oasis, just minutes from the airport in the exclusive suburb of Scottsdale. The freestanding spa and fitness center overlooks the rooftops of South Scottsdale and the red rocks of Camelback Mountain. Create your own wellness ritual, beginning with hot-and-cold hydrotherapy and a personalized massage, facial or body treatment. Alternatively, choose one of the Phoenician’s signature spa treatments, such as the Sonoran Wellness Body Massage, Scrub and Wrap, which incorporates soothing aloe vera and purifying desert sage.

2. The Royal Palms Resort and Spa, for tranquil grounds

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Outdoor courtyard at Royal Palms Resort and Spa, with dining tables, many cushioned seats, central fountain and decorative plants
Courtesy of Royal Palms Resort and Spa, part of Hyatt / Expedia
Housed in a 1920s Spanish-style villa at the foot of Camelback Mountain, the Royal Palms has perfected an intimate guest experience. The suites and spa treatment rooms all open onto secluded courtyards with gurgling fountains, kiva fireplaces and Mexican-tile inlays. Scents of jasmine and bougainvillea waft through the open windows as you submit to a deeply relaxing hot stone or CBD massage. Also try the Alvadora Spa’s exclusive Citrus Grove Facial, infused with oxidant-rich orange blossom essence for a youthful glow.

3. The Arizona Biltmore, for celebrity heritage

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Outdoor pool and bar area at the Arizona Biltmore
Courtesy of the Arizona Biltmore / Booking.com

Live the legacy of the Arizona Biltmore, birthplace of the tequila sunrise cocktail, and favorite hideaway of Hollywood legends including Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe. Here, the Tierra Luna Spa enhances that starry reputation with treatments designed to connect the beauty of the desert with the wonder of the cosmos. The Alchemy Mud & Crystal Wrap, for individuals or couples, combines the healing powers of mud, crystals and essential oils. Deepen your connection by adding a 30- 0r 60-minute astrology reading. You’ll leave floating on air.

4. Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, where the kids are all right

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Large slide complex at waterpark in Arizona Grand Hotel & Spa, just lower than the mountain behind
Courtesy of Arizona Grand Resort / Booking.com

At the Arizona Grand you don’t have to choose between family fun and self-satisfaction. The villas and suites give everyone space to breathe and make memories around the beehive fireplace. Slip away guilt-free to the hotel spa while the kids entertain themselves at the Oasis, a seven-acre (3ha) on-site waterpark, complete with slides, a wave pool and lazy river. Treat yourself to a 50-minute Out of Body CBD massage, or opt for the Phoenix spa package, which includes a body polish, massage and facial followed by a leisurely lunch.

5. JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort + Spa, for sporty activities

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Sofa, two armchairs, TV, desk, chair and terrace overlooking mountains in room at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Courtesy of JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa / Booking.com

Enter a state of pure bliss where the desert meets the city at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort + Spa in North Scottsdale. After a vigorous round of tennis or an exhilarating desert hike, nothing beats retreating to the sanctuary of the Revive Spa. Soothe your aching muscles with a ginger oil and heated bamboo stick massage, or awaken your senses with a prickly pear and jojoba sugar scrub. With the Revive Spa Bistro on-site, you needn’t even leave to treat your taste buds.

6. Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, for fantastic views

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Overhead view of many red and orange buildings at sprawling Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, within mountains
Courtesy of Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort / Booking.com

Surrounded by acres of protected parkland, this mountainside resort boasts some of the best views in the Valley of the Sun. Watch the sun set and the city lights sparkle as you ease your way through a bottle of crisp chardonnay at the Different Pointe of View restaurant, then recover with a Wine Down Wrap at the resort’s own Tocaloma spa. Let natural antioxidants such as agave oil, green tea and Texas grapes seep into your skin, removing toxins and leaving you looking and feeling relaxed and radiant.

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